Glenavon 1–0 Crusaders
Matthew Fitzpatrick swept in a late winner to give Glenavon a vital three points against Crusaders.
The Lurgan Blues were the better team throughout but had their heart in their mouths on a couple of occasions when the 10-man Crues hit the bar and had a goal ruled out.
Peter Campbell thought he had put the visitors in front on 20 minutes when he danced down the left wing and hit a low shot past Jonny Tuffey; however the goal was ruled out for an offside.
Five minutes later Campbell had a second opportunity but he curled his shot wide of the target.
Crusaders thought they should have had a penalty when Ben Kennedy went down under a challenge, but referee Evan Boyce waved play on.
As the game rolled into stoppage time Campbell blasted a shot at goal from the edge of box, only for Tuffey to push it over the bar.
On 54 minutes Matthew Fitzpatrick headed a chance straight at Tuffey after a cross was whipped in from the right by Sean Ward.
The Crues were reduced to 10 men when Robbie Weir was sent off for a second yellow card for fouling Campbell on 70 minutes.
And the visitors thought they had the lead when Paul Heatley played Declan Caddell through on goal. The Crusaders captain rolled the ball home, but the goal was ruled out for offside.
Stephen Baxter’s men should have gone in front when they hit Glenavon on the counter attack. This time Johnny McMurray found Heatley who should have found the net, but the home supporters breathed a sigh of relief as his shot cannoned back off the crossbar.
However, the home fans were on their feet five minutes from time when Fitzpatrick finished on the edge of the six yard box, turning in a sweeping cross by substitute Andy Hall.